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Roger Federer: Global sports react to retirement of great tennis player

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The outpouring of admiration and accolades following Roger Federer’s retirement announcement is a testament to the Swiss tennis star’s remarkable influence and legacy in tennis, sport and beyond.

Where Federer’s on-court accomplishments rank among men’s tennis greats is debatable, but he’s arguably the greatest tennis player to ever pick up a racket. .

No one in the sport has achieved as much global following, adoration or icon as Federer.

22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has been a rivalry with Federer throughout his career, creating some of the most memorable matches in the history of the sport.

“Dear Roger, my friend and rival.” Nadal I have written“I wish this day had never come… It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports people around the world. I told you that when we spoke and now it’s here.” is located in

“It has been a pleasure, an honor and a privilege to have shared these last few years with you, with many great moments on and off the court. We will have many more moments to share together in the future. There is still much more that can be done.

“For now, I wish you all the best with your wife, Mirka, children and family. Enjoy the rest of your life. See you at the Laver Cup in London.”

Serena Williams, who recently announced her retirement from tennis, is a 20-three-time Grand Slam champion and has welcomed Federer to her ‘retirement club’.

“You put this game to eloquent rest and I wanted to find the perfect way to say this. Perfectly done as is your career,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I have always admired and respected you. Our paths have always been so similar, so much the same. we will never forget

“I applaud you and look forward to all you do in the future. Welcome to the Retirement Club. And thank you for being you.”

Federer’s success at Wimbledon means he has become synonymous with the green grass of Center Court, with eight titles at the All England Club. He last lifted the trophy in 2017, 13 years after his first Wimbledon victory.

“Roger, where do you start?” the tournament’s official page wrote. “It’s been an honor to witness your journey and see you become a champion in every sense of the word.

“We miss you so much to see you beautifying our coats, but all I can say now is thank you for the memories and joy you have given so many.”

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Tennis pioneer and Hall of Famer Billie Jean King wrote on twitter: “Roger Federer is the Champion of Champions. He has the most accomplished game of his generation and has captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with his incredible on-court agility and powerful tennis spirit.” He had a historic career and his memory will live on.

“Congratulations @rogerfederer. Best wishes as your journey continues.”

Iga Spheretek, the current women’s world No. 1 and three consecutive Grand Slam winners Added: “I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for our sport. It’s been an honor to witness your career. Good luck with your life.”

Two-time NBA champion, six-time All-Star Pau Gasol Said: “Thank you for inspiring us and setting a great example for all of us.”

In a statement posted on Olympic official TwitterInternational Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said: Congratulations to Roger on his brilliant career. I wish you luck in the future. I hope our paths will cross again. ”